Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has been a leading voice in calling for a new bridge over the St. Croix River south of Stillwater, and she now draws on the looming state budget crisis as another reason to build the new freeway-style bridge.
Her statement today:
“The prospect of the Stillwater Lift Bridge being locked in the ‘up’ position during a state government shutdown serves as another compelling reason for a new St. Croix River crossing. The bridge closure will result in more than 16,000 rerouted daily drivers experiencing increased travel times that will raise the cost of their daily commute.
“The 80-year-old lift bridge has been in need of replacement for decades, and we are now closer than ever to a new crossing. This spring I introduced a bipartisan bill in the House, and Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN) introduced a similar bill with bipartisan support in the Senate, that would allow the river crossing project to move forward. I urge my colleagues to give these bills immediate attention. Once a new bridge exists, the Minnesota and Wisconsin residents who frequently cross the river will not have to worry about the impact that operational delays of the lift bridge will have on their daily commute.”
Of course, if the budget deal is made and there’s no shutdown and the lift bridge operates normally, she’s still in favor of the new bridge.